ASN Aircraft accident Dassault Falcon 20C N7824M Fort Worth-Meacham Field, TX (FTW)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Friday 18 January 1974
Type:Silhouette image of generic FA20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Dassault Falcon 20C
Operator:Cauble Enterprises
Registration: N7824M
MSN: 42
First flight: 1966
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Fort Worth-Meacham Field, TX (FTW) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Montgomery (unknown airport), AL, United States of America
Destination airport:Fort Worth-Meacham Field, TX (FTW/KFTW), United States of America
The pilot requested a straight in approach, but was cleared for a circling ILS approach. A rain shower passed the airport and an 8-knot 158-202 degree tailwind was present as the Falcon 20 approached the field. After touchdown the plane hydroplaned. The pilot did not deploy the drag chute and the plane overran the wet runway.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - selected wrong runway relative to existing wind
pilot in command - failed to use or incorrectly used
miscellaneous acts,conditions - hydroplaning on wet runway
airports/airways/facilities - airport conditions: wet runway
weather - rain
miscellaneous acts,conditions - downwind
weather briefing - briefed by flight service personnel, by radio
weather forecast - forecast substantially correct

Runway excursion



photo of Dassault-Falcon-20C-N7824M
accident date: 18-01-1974
type: Dassault Falcon 20C
registration: N7824M
photo of Dassault-Falcon-20C-N7824M
accident date: 18-01-1974
type: Dassault Falcon 20C
registration: N7824M
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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